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The Next Karate Kid (1994)

 -  Action | Drama | Family  -  12 August 1994 (USA)
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Mr. Miyagi is back and he takes a new pupil under his wing; a troubled adolescent girl.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sgt. Kesuke Miyagi (as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita)
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Col. Dugan
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Louisa Pierce
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Eric McGowen
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ...
Abbot (as Arsenio Trinidad)
Michael Cavalieri ...
Ned
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Charlie (as Walt Goggins)
Jim Ishida ...
Tall Monk
Rodney Kageyama ...
Monk
Seth Sakai ...
Buddhist Monk
Eugene Boles ...
Mr. Harold Wilkes
Keena Keel ...
School Clerk
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Gabe
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Morgan (as Tom Downey)
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During a commemoration for Japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, Mr. Miyagi meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaughter Julie, an angry teenager who is still feeling the pain of losing both her parents in an accident and is having problems with her grandmother and her fellow pupils. Mr. Miyagi decides to teach her karate to get her through her pain and issues and back on the right path. Written by Matthias Scheler <tron@lyssa.owl.de>

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Rated PG for violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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12 August 1994 (USA)  »

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The Karate Kid Part IV  »

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$8,751,228 (USA)
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John G. Avildsen was originally slated to direct his fourth Karate Kid film but dropped out in order to make 8 Seconds (1994). See more »

Goofs

Mr. Miyagi is a CMOH (congressional medal of honor) recipient. When he gets out of the car in the first scene, the escorting soldiers do not render salutes to him as all CMOH recipients are entitled to. See more »

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Sergeant Kesuke Miyagi: Boys are much easier!
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Follows The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) See more »

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Moving On Up
Written by Mike Pickering & Paul Heard
Performed by M People
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Ltd./Deconstruction Records/Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Better than its reputation, but it could have been better as well
13 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really didn't think The Next Karate Kid was THAT bad. Flawed yes, but it is not terrible I don't think.

As I have said, the film does have its flaws. The story is quite predictable and formulaic, though in its defence, the story wasn't necessarily a strong point in the previous three either. Second, the script has its weak spots, it did have its moments such as with Miyagi's humour. Third, there are some unrealistic moments here, the ending especially. Fourth, it isn't as efficiently paced as the first or third films.

However, it is nicely filmed, the cinematography is good and the scenery is very nice. The soundtrack is pleasant, and the karate is good. The direction is good enough, and the characters are still at least engaging. The acting is decent, Hilary Swank is a worthy replacement for Ralph Macchio, while Pat Morita elevates this movie to a better level acting who is arguably the best character of the film and giving a strong performance in the process.

Overall, it was pretty decent, and better than its reputation. It could have been better, but I have seen much worse movies. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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